A man was killed by multiple pit bull-mixes after trying to save his own dog in northwest Houston.
Man Killed by Dogs
Houston, TX - A 69-year old man was killed by multiple dogs in northwest Houston Wednesday.1 The attack occurred around 4:15 pm in the 5500 block of Sheraton Oaks Drive, which is between Antoine Drive and the West Oaks Bayou, according to police. Arriving officers found the man still being attacked by one of the dogs in his backyard. As officers approached him, one of the dogs charged an officer, who fired on the animal, striking it. The dogs then fled through a fence.
According to police, they believe the victim was inside his home, heard a commotion in his backyard and discovered that his own dog was being attacked by two or three dogs belonging to his neighbor that had escaped their fencing. He went outside to intervene and the neighbor’s dogs attacked, mauled and killed him. No breed information has been released by police. However, dog-on-dog “killing aggression” displayed just before a human fatal attack often involves pit bulls.
A neighbor described the victim’s dog as small. They also said the victim had visible physical disabilities. Police did not release the victim’s name.
On Thursday, a day after we reported this attack, BARC, the city of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, identified the neighbor’s attacking dogs as Staffordshire terrier-mixes -- a name interchangeable with pit bull-mixes. Those dogs remain in custody at BARC. The victim’s dog that was initially attacked, sadly had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine how the neighbor’s dogs were able to escape their owner's property.
Harris County and Nearby
Last year, four people were killed by dogs inside or near Harris County, Texas. Drué Parker, 4-years old, was killed by four pit bulls in February while visiting his aunt’s home in Baytown. Nicolas Vasquez, 51-years old, died on June 19 after being attacked by three loose pit bulls in Huffman. Freddy Garcia, 71-years old, was killed by seven loose pit bull-mixes in July in Fresno (south of Houston). A 42-year old man was killed by multiple loose dogs in Channelview in August.
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